If you want to see a traditional Korean village, you need to check out Namsangol and Bukchon Hanok Villages. The narrow streets and traditional buildings transport you to several centuries ago when these types of house were common. In the villages, there are examples of living, sleeping and dining quarters […]

Seoul: Namsangol and Bukchon Hanok Villages


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A visit to Seoul is not complete without a show at the Korea House. Like the show at Gion Corner in Kyoto, the show at the Korea House is focused on dance, music and folklore. It is held in a theater setting that is absolutely gorgeous with high ceilings, wood carved […]

Seoul: Korea House Cultural Show


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Cosmetic addicts and fashionistas rejoice, this post is for you. That is what Myeong Dong is all about. Well, there are also a lot of street food and dozens of coffee shops here as well, but it is mainly about Korean cosmetics and clothes. I am not a very girly […]

Seoul: Shopping in Myeong Dong



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Have you ever been in a spaceship? No, me either. But I have been close. If you were to look at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) building from the top, it looks like a flying saucer. At night, it looks like aliens have landed and Seoul has been invaded by […]

Seoul: Dongdaemun Design Plaza


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The most incredible experience I had in Seoul was at the Bogeunsa Buddhist Temple. For a half a day, I meditated and had tea with a monk, made a paper lotus, witnessed a Buddhist funeral and learned about the story of Buddha. Our tour also included a brief lesson on […]

Seoul: Bogeunsa Buddhist Temple


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There are five grand palaces in Seoul. If you visit South Korea, try to visit at least one. More than two and the buildings may become repetitive and frankly a little boring. I had an afternoon free, so I decided to give Changdeokgung Palace a go. I visited the palace during […]

Seoul: Changdeokgung Palace



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I rarely miss a chance to visit a local market, specially if it contains food, so it was no different in South Korea. In Gwangjang Market I walked among hundreds of stalls and tried the famous Bindaetteok. What is Bindaetteok? Bindaetteok are Mung Bean pancakes that are freshly made at the […]

Seoul: Gwangjang Market


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Hwaseong Fortress Hwaseong Fortress is a UNESCO world heritage site and it is located in Suwon. It was built in the late 1700’s as a show of economic development in the region. If you are into architecture or medieval war, this place will get your imagination going. It is easily […]

South Korea: Hwaseong Fortress


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Gyeongbokgung Palace stands for “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven”. Observe its location surrounded by Mount Bugaksan and Mount Namsan and you will understand why. The Palace was built in 1395 and became the heart of Seoul. In its long existence, it has suffered some major tragedies as well. Since its construction, it […]

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace